In Studio A With

IPR hosts Interlochen students and faculty, guest performers and talent from across northern Michigan for performances in our very own Studio A.

Suren Bagratuni

Oct 17, 2013

Cellist Suren Bagratuni dropped by Studio A with Maestro Kevin Rhodes of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. The pair were preparing for a huge concert - Dvorak's Cello Concerto and Ninth Symphony ("From the New World"), held at the end of September.  Suren delighted us with performances of Tsintsadze's, "Chonguri" (played without a bow!) and Marin Marais's, "La Reveuse," - exclusive treats in this command performance for IPR listeners!  Suren had a lot of fascinating things to say, and even Kevin got in on the interview act.  

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In Studio with Brad Aspey: Blake Elliott

Aug 15, 2013

Call her music edgy, urban folk. She's Blake Elliott and she's our guest on "In Studio with Brad Aspey." It's our summer series of performances and chats with musicians from around Northern Michigan. 

In Studio with Brad Aspey: Awesome Distraction

Aug 9, 2013

On this edition of "In Studio with Brad Aspey" the teenage pop duo Awesome Distraction from Manistee. One of their major influences is Simon and Garfunkel.

In Studio with Brad Aspey: The True Falsettos

Jul 12, 2013

This week's "In Studio with Brad Aspey" features a little Texas swing and Honky Tonk with the True Falsettos. 

The Oakland Trio

Jun 26, 2013

The Oakland Trio (Cellist Debra Fayroian, violinist Adrienne Ronmark and pianist Stephen Wogaman) visited IPR's Studio A prior to their Arcturos Concert Series appearance in Suttons Bay.  While in the studio, they performed the second movement of Mendelssohn's  Trio in d minor, Opus 49.

Harpist Danielle Paus

Jun 18, 2013

Harpist Danielle Paus returned to the Interlochen campus for the first time in about ten years, and one of her stops was IPR's studio A. She gave a live performance of  this Swedish polska during her visit.

In Studio with Brad Aspey: Blood Sisters

Jun 11, 2013

This week, "In Studio with Brad Aspey" features rockers Blood Sisters in an "unplugged" performance recorded in IPR's Studio A. "In Studio" is IPR's summer music series featuring performers from all around our listening area. The Blood Sisters members are: Barbara Payton, Michelle Chenard and Mary McGuire. 

In Studio with Brad Aspey: Blue Eyed Sun

Jun 5, 2013

Our summer music series, "In Studio with Brad Aspey," continues Friday with alt-rockers Blue Eyed Sun. From the band, 17 year-old pianist Kenneth Fox and 18 year-old guitarist Brennan Leeds perform three original songs. 

In Studio with Brad Aspey: Dede and the Dreamers

May 30, 2013

IPR's new summer music series, "In Studio with Brad Aspey," begins with Dede and the Dreamers and continues each Friday morning during "Morning Edition." Upcoming acts, all from our listening area, include an unplugged performance by rockers Blood Sisters, young Alt-Band Blue Eyed Sun, 84 year-old jazz poet John Alberts and singer-songwriter Rachel Brooke.

Recent Interlochen graduate, piano performance major ChaoJun Yang, dropped by Studio A to perform a preview of her upcoming concerts.  ChaoJun performed Franz Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody #9, which is on her performance program.

ChaoJun will perform the Liszt, as well as Beethoven's "Waldstein" Sonata and works by Bach, Chopin and more at her series of upcoming concerts.  She's raising money to help with her college tuition, and has started her own independent fundraising project on the site,

The Younce Guitar Duo With Bassist Jerry Cameron

Apr 5, 2013

The Younce Guitar Duo is made up of father Jerry and son Ryan. They play jazz, gypsy guitar, Flamenco and even some Beatles tunes. About 5 months ago, the duo was joined by bassist Jerry Cameron and that addition gave them a whole new sound. The Younce Guitar Duo and bassist Jerry Cameron join Brad Aspey in IPR's Studio A. 

Piano Sonata fills Studio A

Feb 5, 2013

Beethoven's Piano sonata  in Eb, Opus 7, performed on the air by Kevin Takeda.

"Les Adieux" from Studio A

Jan 31, 2013

Nathaniel Mo, a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy, performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata #26, "Les Adieux"

Brass Quintet

Jan 30, 2013

AA Students Aden Beery (tuba), Elmer Churampi (trumpet), Morgan Low (trumpet), Alex Melzer (trombone) and Markus Osterlund (horn) are members of an IAA Brass Quintet preparing for the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Click to listen as they visit with Kate Botello in Studio A to play a colorful collection of brass music in different styles.  You'll hear two movements of a famous "Quintet" from Malcolm Arnold, Samuel Scheidt's Renaissance piece, "Canzona Bergamasca," and the kicky and fun "Killer Tango" by Sonny Kompanek.

Beethoven in Studio A

Jan 29, 2013

Menghan Cao plays Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C, Op. 2, #3.  Menghan is one of five Interlochen students travelling to Detroit to perform at the invitation of Maestro Leonard Slatkin of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

As part of a project with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, young pianists have been invited to participate in an epic performance of all 32 of  Beethoven's piano sonatas. Five of those pianists are from Interlochen, and all will be playing their sonatas Live from Studio A over the next couple of weeks. (You can see those performances in Detroit on February 7th, 2013).

Here, Interlochen Senior Ariela Bohrod joins Kate Botello in Studio A to perform Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 15, Opus 28 (otherwise known as the "Pastoral") in its entirety.  Enjoy!

Live from Studio A

Jan 21, 2013

On Tuesday, January 22nd 2013 at 7:30 in Milliken Auditorium, Chamber Music North will present renowned baritone David Small, along with pianist Stephen Wogaman, performing Schubert's famous song cycle, "Winterreise."

Small and Wogman joined Kate Botello live in Studio A to perform a couple of pieces from the cycle ("The Grey Head" and "The Crow") and talked about the music's significance and meaning - and how sometimes pain can be a "good" - or at least moving and beautiful - thing.

This Mando Player's No Dummy

Jan 4, 2013

Mandolin master Don Julin is the author of a new book, "Mandolin for Dummies." Don joins Brad Aspey in Studio A to talk about the book and, of course, play the mandolin.

Mazel Trio

Nov 7, 2012

Interlochen students Dylan Naroff (violin), Ariela Bohrod (piano),  and Dan Blumhard (cello), are determined to take part in this year's Fischoff Chamber Music competition. With that in mind, they formed the Mazel Trio and have begun preparing their repertoire.  Interlochen cello instructor and Chamber Music Coach Crispin Campbell brought them by Studio A to play for us, and they brought out the big guns - the final movement of Shostakovich's Trio #2 in E minor. 

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Courtney Kaiser Goes Over The Sun

Sep 12, 2012

Courtney Kaiser captivated audiences in the Opening Convocation of Interlochen's new Academy year with her song "Over the Sun." Here, Courtney talks about Interlochen's new Singer/Songwriter Program and performs in IPR's Studio A.


Jul 16, 2012

The Enso String Quartet serves as quartet-in-residence during the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp 2012.  They visited IPR, talked with IPR's Tim Burke and performed music of Giuseppe Verdi live from Studio A.  

We had such a great time with Brian J. Nash  - Off-Broadway Musical Director and Interlochen Alum -  and Natalie Douglas - cabaret diva & 7-time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Award Winner -  at the IPR Studios! First, they co-hosted the morning shift with Kate Botello. Brian shared some of his favorite classical music and Interlochen memories, and Natalie took us on a toe-tapping, educational trip through the Great American Songbook. Next, they hopped over to Studio A to perform, bringing us a couple of great standards and a beautiful Broadway tune.

Brass students from the Interlochen Arts Academy play 3 movements from Enrique Crespo's "Americana".

Charles Overton in Studio A

Mar 21, 2012

Gabriel Faure's Impromptu for Harp, Op. 86, performed by Interlochen Arts Academy senior Charles Overton.

Ramblin' Erik James

Jan 6, 2012

He's Ramblin' Erik James and - no - he doesn't mind if you bust him on lifting Ramblin' Jack Elliott's nickname. Jack Elliott, along with Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, are two of Erik James' major influences. Besides, the Ramblin' part is true. Erik does ramble, by thumb, from coast to coast, gathering stories of people he meets along the way. Erik James performed live in IPR's Studio A.